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SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse Course

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Taught by the country’s most experienced dental sedation teachers. the dental nurses’ course is both educational and fun. Although primarily designed for nurses who have a number of years experience, the course is appropriate for new dental nurses enabling pain and anxiety control to be put in perspective in the overall management of the patient. This is a rewarding course taught by friendly, approachable and considerate teachers.

The course is held in London three times a year, at the same time as the SAAD National Course for dentists. This is a standalone course suitable for experienced sedation nurses to attend as a refresher, or for 'new starters' to attend as part of the SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse scheme. This course is designed to provide dental nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that, when followed by supervised clinical practice with an approved clinical supervisor, will enable them to assist an operator-sedationist during the provision of dental treatment under conscious sedation. The course is taught by some of the country’s most experienced sedation teachers. The course includes the main areas of sedation: intravenous, inhalational and oral. Most topics are covered by lectures, demonstrations and small group practical sessions. There are practical skill stations in venepuncture, monitoring and Basic Life Support. Detailed course notes are provided and students are encouraged to ask lots of questions! A certificate of attendance is awarded at the end of the course. This is a rewarding course, which is both educational and fun. The curriculum includes:


  • anatomy and physiology pharmacology patient assessment sedation equipment sedation techniques (oral/RA/IV) monitoring management of complications medico-legal aspects
  • care and support flexible approach calm, decisive and purposeful manner keeping up to date


  • preparation for sedation patient preparation and care assisting with induction of sedation monitoring during treatment recovery emergency care

Sample Programme

Clinical Supervision

The SAAD National course can provide the underpinning knowledge required and an introduction to the clinical skills for sedation, but it is necessary to acquire clinical experience before embarking on independent practice.

The IACSD Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care’( April 2015) state that practitioners offering supervised clinical experience in conscious sedation must now be accredited by a university, deanery or IACSD (p34, 86).

SAAD has recently introduced schemes to facilitate to acquisition of 'supervised clinical experience' for both dentists an dental nurses. For further information for nurses please see SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse scheme.

To reserve a place on the SAAD National Course

For courses later than the 'next available' please go to 'view all courses' or select the date from the list below. The course fee is £420.



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SAAD is at the forefront of postgraduate teaching of sedation techniques in dentistry. The Society runs courses for the whole dental team encouraging the safe provision of conscious sedation. Other activities include providing scientific seminars, giving expert advice to other bodies including the Department of Health and the General Dental Council; providing experts for guidelines and standards documents; giving expert evidence to the courts; promoting research in the field of pain and anxiety control and providing individual support and advice to members. Membership of the society is open to any registered dental or medical practitioner, dental nurse or dental therapist/hygienist.